Digital Repositories Librarian

The University of Waterloo Library seeks a creative and collegial librarian for the position of Digital Repositories Librarian. Reporting to the Head, Digital Initiatives and working with colleagues across the Library and campus, the incumbent will develop, coordinate, deliver, monitor, assess, and advance the use of the Library's digital collections, the institutional repository and open access publishing services. The successful candidate will have a vision for the future of scholarly communication services in libraries.

The University of Waterloo Library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). The Library is a member of the Tri-University Group (TUG), along with member libraries at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University, serving a combined student population of over 76,000, combined holdings exceeding 5 million, and combined budgets exceeding $45 million. The Tri-University Group manages shared technology and a remote storage facility, and enables collaborative projects across the three library systems.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Leading and promoting the Library’s digital repository and open access publishing services (for example, UWSpace, Waterloo Digital Library, Open Journal Systems instances)
  • Working with the Open Access Working Group to provide leadership, expertise and support relating to open access and scholarly communication
  • Engaging with library staff and the university community on digital repositories and scholarly communications services
  • Developing methods to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of repository and open access publishing services
  • Leading digital repository and open access publishing projects including guidance on digital lifecycle management
  • Implementing policies on digital preservation, digitization, and metadata standards
  • Coaching, training and mentoring Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) co-op students and library associates
  • Participating as a member of the Digital Initiatives team to ensure essential system functionality during times of vacation or illness

For a full job description see: Digital Repositories Librarian (PDF)


  • ALA-accredited Master of Library Science degree, or equivalent
  • Experience with digital repositories and content management systems (e.g. Islandora, Drupal, Fedora Commons, DSpace, Dataverse)
  • Project management experience with complex digital initiatives involving many stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated ability to independently, as well as collaboratively, plan, coordinate, and implement effective digital projects, including managing multiple and simultaneous projects
  • Knowledge of digital library, scholarly communications and research data management trends in academic libraries
  • A strong commitment to high quality service
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on projects across a wide range of departments and for varying audiences
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently without direct supervision
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices
  • Proficiency with well-formed XML; strong, demonstrated facility with standards-based non-MARC metadata (e.g. Dublin Core); demonstrated ability to investigate and learn new metadata standards as required


  • Familiarity with Open Access digital scholarship publishing platforms (e.g. Open Journal Systems)
  • Intermediate programming and/or system administrator skills; experience working with programmers (e.g., writing spec and use cases)


The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications within the USG 8-13 salary level, corresponding to the ranks of librarian I through VI. Please refer to UWaterloo pay scales (PDF). Librarian levels, as well as policies and procedures around promotion and professional development, are described in the Librarians' Employment Handbook (PDF).

Additional information:

We welcome interested candidates to connect directly with Alison Hitchens, Acting Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services, to learn more about this exciting position. Alison may be reached at +1-519-888-4567 ext. 35980 or by email at

To apply:

To apply go to external opportunities at Careers at Waterloo.

Deadline for applications: for assured consideration, applications should be received by March 2nd, 2018.

Employment equity: The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We invite applications from all interested applicants. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become a leading comprehensive university with more than 36,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, mathematics and computer science, health, environment, arts and social sciences. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology and health sciences research, Waterloo brings ideas and brilliant minds together, inspiring innovations with real impact today and in the future.

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